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Yin & Pins Spring Renewal

Yin & Pins

Sunday 8 October 10 - 11.30am

Yin & Pins Spring

Join us for a beautiful Spring offering with the healing power of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). This afternoon we will be blending different modalities of TCM, combining Yin Yoga and Acupuncture to balance and harmonise the energy for spring.

In Chinese medicine spring is related to the liver and the element of wood (wind). Winter is the utmost yin of the season cycles. Winter is a time to slow down, rejuvenate and nourish the energy for the coming season. Spring is the beginning of the yang cycle of the seasons, it is a time to start to unwind, become more active and to start new goals and projects. The energy of the liver is about free flow of qi and movement. If the Liver qi is stagnant, symptoms that can manifest are tension, stress, anger, irritability, PMS and possibly digestive problems like IBS triggered by emotions. If the liver energy is excessive and out of balance, there can be symptoms such as anxiety, insomnia, headaches and an inability to feel centred and grounded.


Yin and pins spring renewal is designed to balance the body, energy and mind. First, we will learn ancient Taoist breathing, to be able to use the breath to nourish the energy of the internal organs. Next, we will learn how to integrate Taoist breathing into a yin yoga sequence specifically designed to harmonise and awaken the energetic channels through the deep release body and connective tissue. Our practice will then flow onto an extended savasana where Acupuncturist Dean will provide a seasonally tailored Acupuncture session, focusing on the liver and gallbladder meridians to promote the health of the liver energy, and to assist with optimising the energy for the spring season.


Be prepared to feel grounded, relaxed and deeply nourished after this workshop. Due to the unique nature of this workshop, limited space is available.



Sunday 8 October 10 - 11.30am

  •  Taoist Breathing by Dean
  •  Yin Yoga by Marjolein
  •  Acupuncture by Dean (acupuncture needles will be in each student for 20 minutes)
  •  Guided relaxation during the Acupuncture by Marjolein
  •  11.30am: closing with herbal tea to balance the energy for spring – a chance to ask questions to Dean about this session and all things TCM. 

Cost : $49


Dean’s Yoga Studio & Acupuncture Clinic
B1/400 Rosedale Road, Albany, Northshore, Auckland

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This Yin & Pin offering is hosted by Dean Wickenden & Marjolein van Leeuwen 

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About Dean

Dean born raised in New Zealand who has had the good fortune to be able to travel the world and learn from some of the most extraordinary teachers. Over the past 20+ years, Dean has studied Tibetan, Chinese, Indian and native American healing and spiritual traditions with renowned masters. This training has given Dean a unique understanding of how to balance, harmonize and coordinate the body, energy and mind of the individual.

Dean has a 1200hr diploma in yoga and a diploma in Yantra Yoga the Tibetan yoga of movement which is one of the oldest and most profound systems of yoga. Dean has a Bachelor of heath science and is a qualified acupuncturist and traditional Chinese medicine practitioner.

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About Marjolein

Marjolein is originally from the Netherlands and now based with her family in Aotearoa. She began her yoga journey in The Netherlands with a classical hatha training and continued following trainings and teaching classes around the world. She have completed Yoga Alliance registered trainings in classical hatha yoga, pre-and postnatal yoga, restorative yoga, yoga nidra and transformational yoga.

Marjolein is the founder of the Yoga Roots studio. She is a sincere yoga lover, dedicated mum, travel addict, foodie and nature lover at heart... Passionate about inspiring others to improve their wellbeing and live a joyful life.